1740 Patt. English / Scottish Dragoon Cavalry
Backsword, for sale
In very good condition and with battle scars, a rare and stunning
1740 Pattern English dragoon cavalry sword, of the type used by
the English at Culloden, with Sterling Scottish blade.
This is a rare item indeed, made even more desirable by clear battle
damage to the blade and the fact the blade was made by John Allan
the Younger in Sterling, Scotland. So this sword may well have been
used by loyalist forces against the Jacobites, or possibly by the
Royal Scots Greys against the French during the War of Austrian
Succession. The marking to the blade below is distinctive and was
only used by John Allan the Younger.
The mighty impressive 90 cm long blade is in very good condition,
but it has several period nicks and has been period repaired (re-forged);
many people would miss it, but the blade had once broken in two
near the forte and a skilled bladesmith has reforged the two parts
together, so the blade was still fully serviceable. These battle
scars make the piece much more evocative and potentially valuable,
particularly if the regiment could be identified courtesy of the
Stirling blade maker.
The hilt is absolutely exceptional, in very good condition. The
superb fishskin grip with twisted grip wire bindings are also very,
very good. This is an exceptional museum quality example of a very
rare and beautiful sword. A true investment at only £3000.
Further / full sized images available upon request. Please quote
item reference F36. Box 874-1.18 (3.309 Kg).